Level 7 Expertise
9:10 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
As we approach greater adoption of identification technology and the future implementation of counter-drone solutions, it is necessary to consider best practice for trialing this new technology. However, we approach this point with a substantial number of technologies on the market, and due to regulatory challenges, very few of these would be considered proven in their objectives.
Although government authorities and the military will continue their trials, the private sector will have their own specific requirements and conditions for the technology to meet. In this workshop, we will identify how to maximise the efficiency of trial procedure to ensure you can highlight the correct solution for your operations.
This workshop will address vital questions around:
· How do we ensure that the solution will do what we have paid for it to do?
· How do we integrate this new capability into our existing systems or procedures?
· What questions should we ask of the vendor?
· How do we create a robust acceptance process?
· How do we evaluate one solution against another?
· What organisations exist that can help?
· How do we build a process that we can assure?
· What are the core principles should be used?
Your workshop leader: Tony Reeves, Director, Level 7 Expertise
Tony is an experienced operator in military UAS operations, test, acceptance and trials. As the first RAF officer to graduate from the MQ-1 Predator training unit in 2004, he attained academic and distinguished graduate awards and went on to be the Assistant Director of Operations on the USAF 11th Reconnaissance Squadron, Creech AFB, Nevada – the only non-USAF officer to have held this post.
In 2007 he was the first UK MQ-9 Reaper Liaison Officer in the Afghanistan operational area, and also led a number of trials with Desert Hawk III and other UAS of varying sizes. In 2013, he led acceptance of the ScanEagle UAS into service and is currently supporting a number of UK MOD UAS projects ranging from Reaper to Mini-UAS. He is also involved in a number of Counter-UAS projects, providing advice and support to clients in the operational integration of various systems.
08:30 – 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:00 – 09:30 Presentation: Military Test Operations Procedure
09:30 – 10:00 Presentation: Adapting Military Trial Procedure for Civilian Testing
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee and Networking
10:30 – 11:15: Roundtable: Adapting Existing Trial Procedure for Civilian Drone Trails
11:15 – 12::00: Roundtable: Establishing Working Groups for the Sharing of Trial Data and Results
12:00 – 12:15: Closing Remarks